Spicy Skewers Shanghai is part of the TPOL in Shanghai Trip Report.
One late night I was hungry and Sherpa’s was closed for delivery. I entered GPS coordinates for a 24hr dumpling place in my phone because the name didn’t show up on Google Maps. Google Maps doesn’t work great in China so I ended up lost instead of finding myself full.
Committed to eating, I used my sense of direction to try and find the restaurant. The only thing I recalled was that it was on a bright alley with 南南 in the street name. I trusted my Emperor Penguin instincts and after walking around for an hour, I eventually found the place.
The next challenge was ordering. I can say the basics in Mandarin but not much beyond that. Luckily, the menu was in English and I was able to fill in the rest with my polyglot skills.
Besides a la carte dining, we also selected sticks to put in the hot pot. Those were great choices.
The bill is based on the number of sticks. At 177RMB ($26), it was more expensive than I expected. I certainly miss the prices of the street food skewer vendors (see Street Food Shanghai: Morning, Day, Night, Morning Again), but that won’t deter me from returning.
TPOL’s TIP: This restaurant is located at the intersection of Yan’an and Yunan nan road. The spicy lamb is the best meat on the menu. The mushrooms are the best for the hot pot.